USFS TAKING COMMENTS ON IMPROVEMENTS AT RAILROAD BUTTES

Posted 10 months ago

By John Axtell

Railroad Buttes mapHot Springs, SD -  The US Forest Service is holding a public meeting next week on a plan to improve recreational experiences at Railroad Buttes, a popular off-highway-vehicle (OHV) area approximately 15 miles southeast of Rapid City.  The meeting will be Wednesday,  July 24 at the RAMKOTA Best Western in Rapid City from 12:00 noon until 8:00 PM .

“Railroad Buttes is one of our most popular recreational areas,” said Mike McNeill, Fall River District Ranger.  “We want the public to get involved and comment on planned improvements at the site including adding gravel, picnic tables, public toilets, and an information Kiosk  at the main parking area.

Additionally, we plan to install unloading facilities and develop a “Tot Lot” suitable for beginning riders to safely gain riding experiences. The public meeting offers everyone an opportunity to learn more about proposed changes, review maps and share their thoughts.”

The Forest Service formally released the scoping documents for the project today, starting a 30 day period for public comments.  McNeill emphasizes that it’s the only opportunity to comment on the Railroad Buttes proposal. All comments will be considered in the final decision, and submitting comments grants that party standing for an appeal.

Interested persons may stop by the Fall River Ranger District office to view maps and information from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1801 Hwy 18 Truck Bypass in Hot Springs, or call (605) 745-4107.   A notice of proposed action is also available on-line at http://www/fs/usda.gov/land/nebraska/landmanagment.